State Farm Arena hosts an intriguing matinee contest in the NBA on Sunday when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Atlanta Hawks in a cross-conference tilt. The Hawks are 23-25 after six straight wins, while the Lakers are 24-26 this season. LeBron James (knee) is out for Los Angeles, with Anthony Davis (wrist) listed as questionable. Trae Young (hip) and De’Andre Hunter (ankle) are listed as questionable for Atlanta.
Tip-off is at 1 p.m. ET in Atlanta. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Hawks as eight-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 225 in the latest Lakers vs. Hawks odds. Before you make any Hawks vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 15 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 58-32 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,100. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Hawks and locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Hawks vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. Hawks spread: Hawks -8
- Lakers vs. Hawks over-under: 225 points
- Lakers vs. Hawks money line: Hawks -350, Lakers +280
- LAL: The Lakers are 11-12 against the spread in road games
- ATL: The Hawks are 12-12 against the spread in home games
Why the Lakers can cover
Los Angeles has strengths of its own, and the Lakers should also benefit from a porous Hawks defense. Atlanta is No. 27 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, and the Hawks rank No. 26 or worse in turnover creation, steals per game, two-point accuracy allowed, and assists allowed this season. The Lakers are shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, an above-average figure, and that includes 53.6 percent on two-point shots. Los Angeles averages 21.8 free throw attempts per game while putting up 47.5 points in the paint per contest.
The Lakers are No. 4 in the NBA in fast break points, averaging 15.1 per game, and Los Angeles creates havoc on defense. The Lakers force 15.0 turnovers per game, with top-eight rankings in steals (8.2 per game) and blocked shots (5.6 per game). Finally, the Lakers limit opponents to just 34.4 percent shooting from 3-point range, attacking a strength of the Hawks on offense.
Why the Hawks can cover
Atlanta’s offense is elite and the Hawks have been even better lately. The Hawks are No. 2 in the NBA in offensive efficiency, scoring 113.3 points per 100 possessions. Atlanta is also scoring 118.8 points per 100 possessions in the last six games, and the Hawks lead the league in turnovers this season, committing only 12.3 giveaways per game. Atlanta produces 1.96 assists for every turnover, and the Hawks boast top-tier shooting efficiency. Nate McMillan’s team is shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range, No. 3 in the NBA, and Atlanta is shooting 46.4 percent from the field.
In addition, the Hawks are full of confidence, having won each of their last six games. Atlanta is 6-0 against the spread during that stretch, and the Hawks are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games at home.
How to make Hawks vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 220 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Lakers vs. Hawks? And which side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.